I am frequently asked about the differences between Trinity College School and other local school options. Most recently, I was asked by a chamber of commerce to explain. I thought that I would use the analogy of choosing a restaurant to provide some insight into the school selection process. Please feel free to share this post with friends, neighbours or family members who ask you why you attended, or choose to send your children, to TCS!
There are a lot of people who have jobs that they love. And, lots of people who do not enjoy their occupation. Fortunately for me, I believe that I have one of the best jobs in the world.
Contrary to many stereotypes about the day of a principal or headmaster, my job is the reason that I get to experience a lot of fun, interesting and rewarding interactions on any given week. For those who might be interested in “the life of a headmaster,” here is a sample of just a few of the activities and experiences I enjoyed over the past week or so:
The Colin T. Brown ’75 Leadership Medal represents Trinity College School’s highest recognition of exceptional leadership and volunteer service to the School. This year’s recipients are Mr. Geoffrey Dale and Mr. John Gilbert ’56.
I presume that the majority of TCS parents can relate to this aspect of my childhood. When I was a kid my parents liked to take photos of my sister and me. But taking photos was usually reserved for special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, sports banquets, when grandparents visited, or while at the beach.
Before the age of 20, I don't think that I ever took a photograph. I didn't own a camera. Taking photos, or rather the developing of film, was expensive. And I am certain that I never took a picture of myself!
Each spring at TCS, our campus is enhanced with blooming daffodils, scattered purple crocuses, gradually greening grass, furry buds on trees, and exchange students from Australia and South Africa. And, in a spirit of reciprocation and mutual benefit, approximately eight students from TCS travel to the Southern Hemisphere annually to grace our sister schools’ campuses (albeit they are not experiencing the spring season in their part of the world).
On Sunday, April 9, 2017, a special ceremony was held in Vimy, France, that commemorated the 3,598 Canadian soldiers who died during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. There are three Trinity College School alumni – Lt. Lionel Hyman Eliot ’04, Lt. Herbert Boyd Symonds ’03 and Pte. Walter Henry Cooper ’82 – buried near the monument.
One of the many benefits of my position as headmaster at TCS is that I get to travel across the province, the country and the world. The reasons for travelling and benefits of travelling are multi-fold, but there is no question the highlight is the opportunity to meet interesting people in different places. Sometimes, I even meet some of the most interesting people on the plane.
Over the course of each academic year at TCS, I am provided with data on how many people read my weekly blog. My prediction for this week is that my blog readership will spike. I suspect that two things will account for more readers:
Apparently, America is in a funk.
While Mr. Allen recovers from knee surgery, I have the pleasure of teaching one of his Advanced Placement economics classes for the week. The opportunity has enabled me to pull out some of my economics textbooks and to read, with a little more purpose, The Globe and Mail's Report on Business.
I forgot how much fun it was to study and read, and to think of topics to discuss in this discipline. I also forgot how much the vocabulary, concepts and theories of economics have shaped my thinking. So I thought I would share my list of "Top 5 Things Economics Taught Me.”